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The Sullivan Brothers

The Sullivan brothers of Waterloo Iowa made the decision to join the services on December 7th, 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The brothers – Albert, George, Francis, Joseph and Madison all died during the Battle of Guadalcanal when the ship they were serving on, the USS Juneau, was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on November 13th 1942.

The deaths of the Sullivan brothers prompted “The Sullivan Act” which prohibited next of kin to be stationed in the same location.

Waterloo Iowa is now home to a museum, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum & Grout Museum of History & Science, dedicated to the sacrifice of the Sullivan Brothers as well as a convention center, The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, named in their honor.